Brock women's volleyball returns with 3-1 victory over Guelph
ST. CATHARINES, Ont. – The Brock University women's volleyball team (4-7 OUA) returned to action with a four set victory (20-25, 25-12, 25-22, 25-22) against the Guelph Gryphons (3-8 OUA) Saturday afternoon at the Bob Davis Gymnasium.
This match would be the first for Brock since they played at Ryerson on November 25th. The Badgers were slow to get started but began to show some signs of life before the Gryphons ultimately took the first set 25-20.
Brock came out firing in the second set with 13 kills on 28 attempts with only one error giving them a strong hitting percentage of 42.9%. A nearly perfect set gave the Badgers a 25-12 win to tie the match up at one game apiece.
The third set was offensive for both teams with Guelph connecting on 12 kills and Brock finishing with 16, while both teams also had hitting percentages above 20%. The Badgers took the set by the score of 25-22 to take a 2-1 lead in the match.
In the fourth set, Brock kept their consistent play going to avoid giving the Gryphons any scoring runs. Guelph made a late push but the Badgers held them off to secure the 25-22 set victory and a 3-1 match win.
Leading the Badgers offense were senior Jennifer McKenzie (Surrey, B.C.) and sophomore Nicole Arthurs (Georgetown, Ont.) who combined for 23 kills. Mckenzie led all players 17.5 total points including 11 kills, 4.5 blocks, two aces and a .450 hitting percentage. She also collected her 400th point of her Brock career. Arthurs contributed with 14.5 points, adding 12 kills, 2.5 blocks and a .308 hitting percentage.
Rounding out the Brock leaders were senior Tori Stirling (Whitby, Ont.) (8 kills, 10 digs), junior Lucy McLay (Stratford, Ont.) (6 kills, 18 digs) and sophomore Katie Murray (London, Ont.) (6 kills, 14 digs). Tori Stirling also registered her 400th career point.
Leading the Gryphons was Alanna Kirchner and Devon Jones who had 11 and 10 kills respectively. Ashleigh Andzel collected 23 assists in the match. Guelph libero Kristen Almhjell led both teams with a game-high 26 digs.
As a team, the Badgers finished the match hitting .168 with 46 kills and 20 errors. They also collected 93 digs and nine blocks. The Gryphons hit .143 with 37 kills and 16 errors, while adding 87 digs and nine blocks.
The Badgers next action will put them on the road against the Queen's Gaels on January 12 at 12pm.